Good news! The Department of Education (DepEd) requested the release of Php3.6 billion for ‘connectivity allowance’ to be provided for teachers and senior high school (SHS) students for 2021.
According to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the DepEd requested for the release of Php4 million to cover the implementation of Digital Education, Information Technology and Digital Infrastructure, and Alternative Learning Modalities from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Of this amount, Php3.6 billion is allocated for the ‘connectivity allowance’ for teachers and SHS students.
Understanding that a lot of teachers as well as students are having trouble with their lessons due to lack of money to buy load or internet data, the DepEd plans to provide them a monthly load to help alleviate their expenses.
Across the country, around 900,000 teachers and 3.2 million students will benefit from the program. The teachers will receive a monthly load of Php400 whereas students will receive a monthly load of Php250 within three months.
“We recognize the importance of load allowance for our learners and teachers to deliver quality education despite these challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from our Congress and the DBM, we shall continue to push for more financial assistance to our stakeholders,” the DepEd secretary explained.
Photo credit: Leonor “Liling” Magtolis Briones / Facebook
DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn M. Sevilla shared that the remaining Php400 million from this budget will be used to expand the production of learning materials.
Of this amount, Php200 million will be used for the DepEd Commons as well as DepEd TV and Radio; Php150 million will help augment funds for printing and delivery of self-learning modules; and Php50 million will be used to establish 2,000 radio transmitters in the Last Mile Schools.
“‘Pag may connectivity load na, pwede na kayong magdownload ng [educational] videos or mas makausap pa ang inyong mga estudyante,” Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua told teachers.
The news was met with applause across social media, though many are hoping that the allowance will also be extended to other year levels.